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12:30 PM ET, March 6, 2012


 Top News: 
London Evening Standard:
Two Murdoch reporters feared to be in suicide bids  —  Two senior journalists at News International have apparently attempted to commit suicide as pressure mounts inside the Murdoch media empire.  The reporters appeared to try to take their own lives after the company turned over 300 million emails …
Discussion: Business Insider
Ed Pilkington / Guardian:
News Corp dropped top US anti-bribery lawyer from its legal team  —  Amid possible US prosecution, leading expert on FCPA stopped advising Murdoch empire soon after he was hired this summer  —  News Corporation, Rupert Murdoch's media empire that is under investigation by the FBI …
Ben Dowell / Guardian:   Murdoch owns too many papers, says Harman
Sandra Laville / Guardian:   ‘Hacking has made police scared of press’
Neville Thurlbeck / @nthurlbeck:   I'm afraid there was a very serious suicide attempt by an NoTW staffer before Christmas taking the number to 3, thanks to the MSC.
David Leigh / Guardian:
Yard chief ate with ex-deputy NoW editor after bid to halt Guardian story
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Five More Advertisers Drop Rush Limbaugh, Bringing Total To 20  —  Five more companies have announced they will pull their advertisements from Rush Limbaugh's radio show, bringing the total number to 20.  Although Rush Limbaugh apologized to Sandra Fluke on Saturday, he also continued his sexist attacks on the Georgetown Law student.
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Advertisers' Boycott Won't Dent Rush Limbaugh's Earnings
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
As Advertisers Recoil, Limbaugh Says, ‘So Be It’
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Nick Thompson named editor  —  Nicholas Thompson, a senior editor at The New Yorker, has been named editor of the magazine's website,, a spokesperson confirmed this morning.  —  Thompson, who joined the magazine from Wired in 2010, is also a contributing editor …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Newspapers: It's not a revenue problem, it's a culture problem  —  The Project for Excellence in Journalism at the Pew Research Center has come out with a substantial new report on the efforts of newspapers both large and small to grow their digital businesses, and — not surprisingly, perhaps — the results are all over the map.
Russell Adams / Wall Street Journal:
Papers Put Faith in Paywalls  —  Digital Subscription Sales Are Slow, but Publishers Are Encouraged by Trends  —  As more newspapers close the door on free access to their websites, some publishers are still waiting for paying customers to pour in.  —  The numbers of readers signing …
Discussion: Noted and JIMROMENESKO.COM
Gloria Goodale / Christian Science Monitor:   Los Angeles Times joins the crowd, erects pay wall for the news online
Laura Snider / Daily Camera:
11-year-old publishes 200th issue of Boulder community newspaper  —  There's another Camera newspaper in town.  Residents of one south Boulder neighborhood can get the Boardman Camera personally delivered once a week by the publisher (who is also the editor, reporter, illustrator, ads salesman …
Discussion: Capital New York and Poynter
Paul McNally /
Marie Colvin funeral to be held in New York this weekend  —  Body of veteran Sunday Times reporter killed covering the Syria uprising en route back to the USA  —  Marie Colvin: ‘died doing something she was completely passionate about’  —  The funeral of Sunday Times war correspondent Marie Colvin …
Discussion: Associated Press
Press TV:   ‘Rebels killed Western journalists in Syria, not Assad army’
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Massachusetts Considers Shield Law For Journalist Bloggers  —  Lawmakers in Massachusetts are considering enacting a shield law that would allow at least some bloggers to protect the identity of their sources.  The Free Flow of Information Act would prohibit judges from ordering members of the news media to divulge their sources.
Dave Davies / newsworks:
When a newspaper keeps reporters out, you've got trouble  —  Is this woman dangerous?  Could be, if you have something to hide.  Pictured here is WHYY reporter Elizabeth Fiedler, in the very photo I'm told was posted yesterday in the security stations at the entrance of the Inquirer and Daily News building …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Reporter who created ‘We Are Journalists’ Tumblr takes PR job  —  Emily Nipps, the Tampa Bay Times reporter who created the “We Are Journalists” Tumblr, is leaving the paper to be a spokesperson for Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, Fla.  —  It's a surprising turn of events …
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Alt weeklies eye an AP of their own with a content exchange  —  The Association of Alternative Newsmedia is building out a kind of wire service to allow alternative news sites to share content with each other — and maybe make some money.  —  The recently launched AltWeeklies Content Exchange lets papers …
Discussion: eMedia Vitals and Street Fight
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